Thursday, April 24, 2008

DHS, FBI Must Reveal Whether Detained Tavelers Are On Watch List

Antonio Olivo writes in The Chicago Tribune:

After years of being detained and interrogated for hours by federal agents each time he returned from a trip abroad, Chicago entrepreneur Akif Rahman could finally know whether his name is on a government watch list for suspected terrorists, his attorneys said Wednesday.

If it is, the reason is still classified information that may or may not also be released, said Adam Schwartz, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Illinois who represents Rahman and nine other plaintiffs in a 2005 lawsuit alleging several instances of unreasonable confinement.

In a 25-page ruling made public last week that could affect how the government deals with all suspected terrorists, a federal magistrate judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over records showing whether those plaintiffs are on the government's radar.

Federal attorneys had argued that doing so would reveal "state secrets" that could jeopardize national security.

More here.


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